Sarah Jamie Audate
November 15, 2012
Hester Prynne stood out as a Protagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet letter. The story of the scandalous women, the women with long luscious brown hair, the women who is drop dead gorgeous , the women who gave birth to Arthur Dimmesdales child ,she is Hester Prynne. Throughout them all, giving up her individuality, she would become the general symbol at which the preacher and moralist might point, and in which they might vivify and embody their images of woman's frailty and sinful passion. Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin. And over her grave, the infamy that she must carry thither would be her only monument. (51)
| Hester seemed more of a heroine than victim. Hester did not let her love child to Arthur Dimmesdale the town reverend bring her life down. Although she was the talk of the town she did not resist to standout and have her name in the spot life. She was known for her open Adultery but also she soon became the town’s seamstress. Hester builds a small business doing embroidery-work.
She raises her daughter, Pearl, fighting to keep her when the authorities try to take the child away. Over the years, Hester gains the respect of other women in Boston. (Andrea Seabrook) Hester was forced to wear a red A as a punishment which represented her adultery between her and dimesdale. Hester took control of her own punishment. She owned it. Wearing the scarlet letter also brought attention to her sewing skills. On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold-thread, appeared the letter A. It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous...
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